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Call to respond to the threats to the Sengwer

A powerful press conference was held this morning, 4 January 2018, in Nairobi, attended by over 20 press representatives and 26 Sengwer community members. Milka Chepkorir and Yator Kiptum spoke powerfully about the suffering their Sengwer community are experiencing at the hands of the Kenya Forest Service.

Protecting Forest Defenders

Around 5 per cent of the world’s population are indigenous, and every day huge numbers of indigenous people risk their life in protection of their ancestral lands.

According to Global Witness’ Defenders of the Earth 2017 report, nearly 40 per cent of the defenders who died in 2016 were indigenous.

Protéger les défenseurs de la forêt

Environ cinq pour cent de la population mondiale est autochtone, et chaque jour, un très grand nombre de personnes risquent leur vie pour protéger leurs terres ancestrales.

Selon le rapport Defenders of the Earth 2017 de Global Witness, près de 40 pour cent des défenseurs décédés en 2016 étaient autochtones.

La protección de los defensores de los bosques

Alrededor del 5 % de la población mundial está constituido por indígenas, y todos los días un ingente número de ellos pone el peligro su vida por proteger sus tierras ancestrales.

Melindungi Pembela Hutan

Sekitar 5 persen penduduk bumi adalah masyarakat adat, dan setiap hari banyak sekali warga masyarakat adat menghadapi risiko kematian dalam perjuangan melindungi tanah leluhur mereka.

Violence escalates against the Sengwer of Embobut Forest, Kenya

Shortly after a visit from an EU delegation last week, Kenya Forest Service (KFS) guards based at Tangul, Kipsitono and Maron KFS camps carried out intensive evictions according to Sengwer witnesses, with KFS allegedly having since burnt down over 90 Sengwer homes and destroyed their property.

Interview with Milka Chepkorir: Sengwer women in Kenya and their struggle for land rights

Milka Chepkorir Kuto is a human rights activist and member of the Sengwer indigenous people, who live in the the Embobut and Kabolet Forest, Kenya. For the last three years, Milka has been focusing on indigenous women and their role in defending land rights. In occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we have spoken to Milka about her work and the importance of including women in the struggle to retain ownership and control over their lands. 

How can the EU WaTER Project help secure, not undermine, human rights in Kenya?

There is increasing concern from local, national and international civil society about the human rights implications of the EU’s €31 million Water Tower Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Project (WaTER) that is focused on an area of Kenya with deeply troubling human rights issues.

Sengwer Women’s Experiences of Evictions

Since the 1960s, the Sengwer peoples of western Kenya have been experiencing forced evictions from their home in the name of conservation. Since 2014, these evictions have intensified.